Friday, May 31, 2013

Joy Dare: 3 Gifts You Gave Today

I found a beautiful page and blog that has inspired me. And even though I am a procrastinator and didn't find it until a while ago AND still have not done much with it besides look it over, today's joy dare was just too perfect to ignore. SO... I am going to take some time and be thankful for all God has given me.
First things first, here is a link to the page:
A Holy Experience
Her name is Ann Voskamp and she has done a tremendous job of setting up a way for you to easily count 1000 blessings in a year. Even as much as a procrastinator as I am there is no way for me to skip it...


1.  13 Birthday swats to my oldest daughter. I know that sounds like an odd gift, but let me explain. She thinks she is getting too big for our tradition. She, being a 13 year old girl, made a big deal out of not getting birthday swats. With a huge grin, and a "I'm too old for that" attitude, but with a little sadness in her eyes. So today I went into her room before she was awake, sang Happy Birthday to her and gave her 13 swats, a pinch to grow an inch and a sock to grow a block.  She looked at me very confused at first, then realized what I was doing and the sparkle  came into her eyes as she turned over ad covered her head.

That left me with no alternative then to sing to her a little song I have sung for years to the kids when they are being particularly stubborn getting out of bed. "Get up, get up, get out of bed. Get up, you lazy head. It's time to rise and shine and let me know that you are mine..."

With the smile in her eyes now spreading to her face she responds with "what is wrong with you, I'm not yours, you are weird..." My girl. Not too old yet for our birthday tradition. For now she can pretend, but her eyes give her away.  After that it was rush here and rush there and rush to get the car loaded as for her birthday she would spend 24 hours in a crowded car on her way to Georgia for a rifle competition.

In the car only about 6 hours into the 24 hour journey. My beautiful birthday girl.


2.   I wonder if he will ever realize just how hard it is for me to keep my mouth in check when my husband wakes up grumpy. My second gift of the day was to keep my trap shut when all I wanted to do was explain how some of what he was grumping about was something OTHER than what he was saying it was about.

I also know that some days are just not going right from the very start because of what we must get done, or because we just are not looking forward to some event that will take place, or maybe just because we get up on the "wrong" side of the bed.

Granted some of his grumping was legitimate but it was also exaggerated because of all that he holds on his shoulders and in his heart. He works hard to give us all we need and every thing we want if it is at all possible. So as hard as it is for me (I am after all a very stubborn child of God) I did not follow along in his mood. I gave him a big hug and said a prayer that his day would get better, and he would have a chance to relax and enjoy the small moments.

I love this man with all my heart!
 
3.   My wee one did not want to go to bed tonight. She is 3, independent, a big girl, and stubborn (like her momma). She sat on my knee for a bit and saw a picture of a baby smiling float across my screen. She said "I wish I could go in there (the computer) and smile with that baby, I'm too big."  I told her that I have some pictures of her as a tiny baby and we sat for a good hour looking at all the pictures I could find along with some videos.

She made comments along the way that changed from "that baby" to "that's Emma" to "that's me!". "Yes baby, that was you when you were tiny." I said with a smile and a hug. She loved watching the video of herself trying so very hard to talk to me at just 2 months old. She had so much to say and we just did not understand. We even watched her big brothers graduation video. When it came to the part where she was laying so tiny and small in his arms she tapped the screen and said "thank you for holding me Bobby". I had tears. It's been a crazy day and we have a crazy life. At the end of our "up late" quiet time she gave me a big hug, told me thank you, and informed me that she wanted to lay on my lap. I guess she isn't quite so big after all.

Then we sang one little song, over and over...
"Rock a by baby in the tree top. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks the cradle will fall and ..."
Well, I made the mistake of saying "down will come baby cradle and all" the first time I sang it. She not so gently reminded me as she pulled my chin around to look right at her, that "mommas catch babies when they fall".  Ok, so we sang again.
"Rock a by baby... the cradle will fall and mamma will catch you cradle and all."  But that was not good either so she sang her own version.
"Rock a by baby... the cradle will fall and Emma will catch you cradle and all."  Oh she is a sweet little bug.

She did finally drift off to sleep on my lap like she does every now and then. I know the days of that are coming to an end and soon she will be telling me that she is too big for our little traditions.





Today my gifts given were given back to me with immediate gratification that despite all my mistakes as a mom we have a good life, we have a good family and I have some pretty awesome kids. God has blessed me so much that on days like today, I am truly overwhelmed by his awesome love for me.

I feel that this Joy Dare exercise was put in my path to help me realize that more often. It's easy to bypass these moments, but I do believe that if we stop and ponder on them that they will multiply.

Five Minute Friday: Imagine

It's that time again, if you'd like to join in on 5 minute Friday's just follow the link and jump on in. It's fun, easy and interesting to see what everyone else does.
Five Minute Friday

Today's word: Imagine

Imagine... imagine.... imagine...

It is due to the capacity of the human imagination that has gotten us where we are. Some good, some bad, some we have to use our imagination, even more to make sure it doesn't go bad.  I like technology, who would have imagined 100 years ago that someone could look into a black screen press a few buttons and be speaking face to face with someone across the country or the world? Somebody did, and in the beginning they wrote stories about this crazy stuff, then made it happen.

Imagination takes time, effort and cultivation. Just like anything else worth keeping. Keeping- because we are all born with it. Children have an incredible imagination. This is how I can write a lame story for my littles, take a few pictures from ground level and they will talk about it for a long time, debating back and fourth if momma really shrunk on her walk or not.


As we get older we learn more of how the world really works, and most of us loose some of our imagination in the process. But if we work to keep it our imagination leads to creativity and gives us a lot of opportunity to relieve the stress of "everyday" life.


5 min. Stop!

No go forth and cultivate some imagination, and see what grows from it.


 
Yesterday my imagination took form from two awkward hearts and some purple beads. A butterfly comb for my ever graying hair. 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A 'short' story for my littles...

Something amazing happened to me on my walk this afternoon. No, I didn't really shrink, but I did use my cell camera to get some pictures from a different perspective and that led me to write a bedtime story for my littles. Jesse was the only one who waited for me to finish it tonight, but she liked it and the rest of the littles will hear it tomorrow.  I know these little things are silly, but my kids really do enjoy my tall tales. I don't usually share them with the rest of the world either, but it's summer time and no matter what your writing level is, summer seems to be the best time to come up with some fantastic stories to share with your kidlets, or to help them write stories to share with others. The computer is perfect for this because you can easily add pictures. All the pictures in this story are mine, except for the lady bug picture.

Enjoy! Get creative! and if you do something similar I'd like to see it. :)


The Walk

Something strange and fantastic happened on my walk today, would you like to hear? I was so astounded by what was happening I nearly forgot to take pictures... nearly.
I started walking with my music playing. Pink singing Fun House was blaring from my cell phone. It is a good song for a walk, it keeps mamma moving quickly. Once I got just round the block I was amazed by the things that I saw, everything seemed so clean. That happens after a good storm.

The field at the end of the block was the most beautiful shade of green. It was a cool day, which I was thankful for and a slight breeze made the tops of the grass dance ever so slightly. It was not moving to the same beat as me, maybe the grass was listening to something a little softer.

After a bit I was looking at some beautiful blue flowers, or weeds as daddy would call them, when all of the sudden the wind picked up and I got very very dizzy.

 And even more strange the flowers began to get bigger, and bigger and bigger.

 Soon they were nearly as tall as me, and I turned around to see if anyone else seemed to be seeing this when I realized that the flowers were not getting bigger. I WAS GETTING SMALLER! I was shrinking.

I tried to gather my thoughts and get a baring on where I was. When you are smaller than the flowers it is really hard to figure out just which way you are pointed. How was I going to get home? I was at a loss. I was so scared that I would never get home to you, and even if I did would you step on me thinking I was just another ant. I was afraid, but first I had to get home. I had to try.

  I headed through those pretty blue flowers, which were now much taller than I was. I knew I had to hurry or I'd be shrunk to nothing by the time I got all the way home. It had only taken me 15 minutes to get to this spot, so I wasn't THAT far from home, how long could it possibly take me to get back?

 All along the way I just kept hoping that I was going in the right direction. After all these plants sure did look different, at one point I almost thought I had entered into a forest, but it turned out to be just another weed. I had decided not to go through that mess, I really did think I'd never find my way out of it.

The world looks amazing from this angle. The flowers seem so very bright. This one tickled my nose when I got too close, and I think it turned my whole face yellow. I have never had allergies before, but this one made me sneeze, and sneeze, and sneeze. 


 Look at these strange plants. I know I have seen them before when I was tall but now they really looked fascinating. And when I was bigger they seemed almost soft when I touched them, but now they were really pokey. I need to remember to stay away from these if I remain this size.


Just as I was getting parched I ran into this tall grass.  It still had dew on it, even at this late hour. It must be past noon already. Normally I would not have even thought to take a second look at the little drops of water on the blades of grass, but now it was just what I needed. Just a few drops was all and  a short rest, then I was off again. 

 It wasn't long before I found myself looking up at a very tall tree. I knew this tree! I was happy because this was the first thing that showed me I was heading in the right direction. But wait, this was only a short distance from where I had shrunk. Oh NO! My little short legs were not carrying me as far as my long legs had. Now what was I going to do? It was going to take me forever to get home.

 Just as I was getting discouraged a wonderful ladybug wondered onto my path. I was amazed when she asked me if I needed help. Apparently now that my ears were small too, I could hear the ladybug talk to me. I told her I was having a hard time getting home and she offered to give me a ride. 
note: this photo was taken from the internet, the rest are mine. 

She came along at just the right time too, because just as she was taking off I saw what was just ahead of me. I don't know how I would have gotten over that huge pond of water. I was heavy for the lady bug, and she struggled, for a second I thought I would end up in the water. I didn't and we had quite an adventure. 

  The scenery was beautiful from the back of my ladybug friend. Her name was Lucy, by the way, and she was on her way home too. She had 6 children just like me, and she was anxious to get home to them as well, but she still stopped to help me. What a nice lady bug.

Look at this gorgeous sky. It surprised me that it didn't really look that much bigger, even though I was so small. I guess the big sky is big no matter how tall you are. 

 We flew right by this tree that had fallen from the storm last night. I was glad that I had a house to be in while the storm was blowing, it was so loud. I asked the lady bug if she was protected from the hail She said that yes, they had hidden in a tree. I was glad to know it wasn't THIS tree. I guess the wind and hail were just a little too much for it.

 Lucy let me down next to a beautiful purple and yellow flower. I had never seen anything quite like it. I knew I was almost home though because Lucy said she knew just where I lived. I had described our yard and she had been there to eat gnats before. How lucky for her and me. I hate gnats, but she and her friends love to eat them and sometimes our yard is the perfect buffet for them.

I started to feel really strange again and the wind started to blow and soon I was standing above a clump of little purple and yellow flowers. Wow! I had not even noticed all of them before. I thought there were just a few.

Then I got taller and taller... soon I found myself standing in my very own yard.

What an amazing adventure. I'm glad I went for a walk, but I don't think anyone will believe that I shrunk, it is a good thing I got my pictures. I will never forget.

Joy Dare: A Gift Outside, Inside, On a Plate...

I found a beautiful page and blog that has inspired me. And even though I am a procrastinator and didn't find it until a while ago AND still have not done much with it besides look it over, today's joy dare was just too perfect to ignore. SO... I am going to take some time and be thankful for all God has given me.
First things first, here is a link to the page:
A Holy Experience
Her name is Ann Voskamp and she has done a tremendous job of setting up a way for you to easily count 1000 blessings in a year. Even as much as a procrastinator as I am there is no way for me to skip it...

A gift outside, inside, on a plate

1. Outside:  Nature in all it's splendor after a storm.
2. Inside: I found some patience. Red nail polish, a "beautiful" "favorite" dress, and 2 minutes of time. Yes, I'm sure your imaginations are hitting the nail right on the head.
3. On a plate: Icecream - freezing cold sanity.

Joy Dare: A Gift at 8am, 12pm, 8pm.


I found a beautiful page and blog that has inspired me. And even though I am a procrastinator and didn't find it until a while ago AND still have not done much with it besides look it over, today's joy dare was just too perfect to ignore. SO... I am going to take some time and be thankful for all God has given me.
First things first, here is a link to the page:
A Holy Experience
Her name is Ann Voskamp and she has done a tremendous job of setting up a way for you to easily count 1000 blessings in a year. Even as much as a procrastinator as I am there is no way for me to skip it...


 May 29 - A gift at 8am, 12pm, 8pm...

8:00 am I slept in, about 8 the husband was waking me up. Sleeping in does not happen much around here, that was a gift. 


12:00 pm - or shortly after. I went for my first walk in a while. I took my time, took some pictures after getting an idea for a story for the littles in the house. It might be kind of interesting, for them, I guess we shall see. Walking is so good for me, when I walk faster its good for my body, when I take my time (like today) it's good for my heart. I can listen to the chattering of the prairie dogs and the birds. The prairie dogs seemed to follow me around the path I chose, staying close enough to keep an eye on me but when I got too close they would hustle into their holes and then soon another would pop up and start chattering with it's tail jumping along. I saw a hawk teaching two youngins to fly. And there was some other bird that was talking along with the prairie dogs. I am not sure what it was and it really didn't have any "special" markings but it was funny to watch them. It was almost like they were bickering. There are not many flowers in the area, but lots of weeds. It was interesting to take note of the different grasses and plants that lined the path.







8:00 pm - not here yet, but it will be soon and we will have had some awesome chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy etc. I'm looking forward to it. Then bed time for the kiddies and beading. I've started a butterfly that is kind of interesting, I don't know if it will be a "keeper" - but the kids seem to like it. A while ago I got several styles of wire wrapped shapes. The out of shape hearts were perfect for the wings. I think it might be kind of neat as a hair piece, or a necklace or maybe a bracelet. We shall see. But I will spend my quiet time working on it and dreaming up ways to use the other shapes I got. 










Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Joy Dare: Jan 1 (playing catch up) - 3 Gifts Heard


I found a beautiful page and blog that has inspired me. And even though I am a procrastinator and didn't find it until a while ago AND still have not done much with it besides look it over, today's joy dare was just too perfect to ignore. SO... I am going to take some time and be thankful for all God has given me.
First things first, here is a link to the page:
A Holy Experience
Her name is Ann Voskamp and she has done a tremendous job of setting up a way for you to easily count 1000 blessings in a year. Even as much as a procrastinator as I am there is no way for me to skip it...

I started this a little late so I'm going to try and double up a bit till I catch up.
Jan 1 Joy Dare: 3 Gifts Heard

I have this little girl, she is the youngest and she is a clown, our joy, and I believe she was put into our family to keep us in stitches. To give you a little taste of this I'll share three things she has said in the last couple of days that has us going.

1. Stuffing her toy hair dryer into the waistband of her pants she says to me: "look mom my gun, but it shows."  Apparently she has a conceal carry in her future, but for now seeing her struggle to get that pretty pink hair dryer into her waist band was just too funny. In the end the older girls helped her out a little by getting a dress on her, getting her a belt, and showing her how to tuck it in there. And her clowning was not finished because then she came to me and said: "Look mom I have a belly gun..." 
Don't ask me where she got that one from. We don't really discuss belly guns...



2. Today I was determined not to get frustrated with the kids and their school work. Well, with 4 doing school work and a 3 year old running around trying to stay occupied there are not many days that I don't get frustrated at least once.  So, I turn to my 4th in line who tends to take all day to do a math lesson when he sets his mind to doing anything BUT math, and I say to him "Jake, today after your math lesson we are starting something new. You are going to learn your math facts by heart, and you are going to learn them so well you'll be saying them in your sleep because out of all these kids I am going to have one kid who is my 'super math kid'. You are it, Jake, you'll be my super math kid.  Well, without skipping a beat little miss Emma comes to me with her make shift super hero glasses and says to me... "and I'll be your super hero kid"... Yes, my love, you will be my super hero kid for sure. :)






3. And then of course, she is the one who brings the best sound to my ears at the best times. She has the ability to make the other kids laugh too. When I am surrounded by the laughter of my kids I am in heaven on earth.  It does not matter what day you pick there is always a moment in the day when one or all of us can recall something funny that she has said or done. She is a pill, she can be sassy and bossy and even mean at times BUT it is outweighed multiple times over by the absolute joy she brings into the house. And I'll tell you when she says "I love you" she says it with such meaning and gusto that there is no doubt that her heart behind her words fully and completely, there is nothing in her that lets her say something "just because".





Joy Dare: 3 Gifts Found in Today's Work


I found a beautiful page and blog that has inspired me. And even though I am a procrastinator and didn't find it until a while ago AND still have not done much with it besides look it over, today's joy dare was just too perfect to ignore. SO... I am going to take some time and be thankful for all God has given me.
First things first, here is a link to the page:
A Holy Experience
Her name is Ann Voskamp and she has done a tremendous job of setting up a way for you to easily count 1000 blessings in a year. Even as much as a procrastinator as I am there is no way for me to "skip" it...

May 28, this is a tough one.... BUT here I go.

1. The gift of a creative meal going well.
     When the pantry is running short of food there is always creativity to save the day so I took:

1 each yellow, red and orange pepper
1 sweet onion
1 or 2 Tablespoons of garlic (minced in olive oil)
Several carrots peeled, and chopped
3 Tablespoons or so of the left over smoked pork butt
4 Tablespoons olive oil a bit of butter for extra flavor
Saute together.

Make 4 cups brown rice (with 8 cups water and 5 chicken bullion cubes)

Mix veggies with rice and enjoy!

Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not so much. Today it was good, easy, used very little meat considering we had 7 people to feed. We have left overs too. The meat was only good to add because it is extremely flavorful, so it did not get lost in the mixture. If I didn't have the smoked pork I think I'd leave the meat out.

2. The gift of knowledge.
     As a homeschool mom I very often learn WITH the kids. Today was pretty much full of repeats for me but it is always good to refresh what we know. ESPECIALLY with math.... Good heavens it has been a long time since I used the distributive property.... One of the few math concepts I actually enjoy.

3. The gift of a clean kitchen.
     Yup, daughter did her work today so after dinner I did her a favor and finished up the dinner dishes and made ice cream sandwiches as a treat for later. So now daughter can come home from shooting, get a treat with everyone else and then go to bed, there will be no complaining, no fighting, no fuss.... which will also make for an enjoyable bedtime. All from a clean kitchen... Gotta love that.



Friday, May 24, 2013

Five Minute Friday: View

It's that time again, if you'd like to join in on 5 minute Friday's just follow the link and jump on in. It's fun, easy and interesting to see what everyone else does.
Five Minute Friday

Today's word: view

View from within: Looking out at my world. Like a roller coaster - raising teens will do that to a person.
Because just when you don't think it can get any worse, this comes into view:


View from outside: Full. Mom and wife with 6 kids from 23 to 3 years old. Small cluttered house. Activities, just one per person would be full, we usually have more. Blessed for all those same reasons. Crazy for all those same reasons - it depends on who is looking.

Favorite view: Husband within arms reach. Kids playing. Mountains from a far or from the top.

Least favorite view: The view I have on frustrated days when all of the above goodness seems dull and lifeless and hard.

I have hard days like everyone else. My family is not perfect, I am not perfect but when the view is best is when we realize we are perfect for each other, we work together, we play together, and we love. "

Our view can change in a moment, one nasty comment, one small slight of the heart and our attitude changes.
All those things that were just "right" can be all the sudden "wrong" AND
All those things that were just "wrong" can be all the sudden "right".

We are in charge of our view much more than we take credit for. We are responsible for letting others change our view. We are responsible for changing our view to be exactly what we want it to be.

Yesterday I allowed others to change my view for the worst. Today I woke up and decided my view would be greater!  Do others automatically fall in? NOPE, so I step back and change my perspective, change the angle of my view, change the attitude with which I deal with my view.  Today I will be just as blessed by the bickering of my children as I am by the sounds of them playing happily - why? Because they are still my children, they still bless my world, they are still my heart, my hopes, my dreams and yes, they are all that even when they are acting like the spawn of a monster.

And here is the kicker, if my children are acting like the spawn of a monster, what does that make me?
The wife of a monster.

Ha ha just kidding, that would make me the monster and yes, sometimes I do act like the monster.  That is a view I'd rather not see again.


Change your view, change your world, and you will change others view of you. 
One of my new favorite pictures because this is where I went to change my view one day and now I have the picture and it really does allow me to think about the events of that day or this and to change my view right from my computer.

Now go and if you are in a bad place right now... go change your view, change your attitude and change your day.  God bless.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kids and Cameras...

Is it possible that kids catch some neat pictures because they take so many? Or because they don't over think it? Or maybe they just don't care and get lucky. :) I'm not even saying they are always "good" pictures, sometimes there is a blur here or there, sometimes they are at an awkward angle, and with the cameras we trust our kids with they are not the highest quality to begin with. BUT there are memories here... and a different perspective on life. As with anything kids can get into trouble with stuff... but I have found some of the most precious things on the kids phones. We have an iphone that is so cracked you can barely see the screen, but the pictures and audio I have found on that thing are priceless.


 Miss Maggie was out playing hide and seek when she laid down on the road just as it started to rain... when she got up she thought this would be a good picture... she was right.  *Note: the "road" is in an area of town that is off limits to motor vehicles.

Boys in trees. There are three of them here.  Joe Kidd (on the ground)  is 16 but he does not seem to be outgrowing his love of climbing - then jumping out - of trees.  I envy his energy and agility.  Miss Maggie took a series of pictures of the boys climbing. I wish her camera was a little better, but she does a good job with a simple 2.0 mp phone camera.

Again with Miss Maggie behind the camera (I think)... she catches the most precious pics with the little ones. The ones they take of each other are the best because they catch the most natural pictures.

And when you give a camera to a kid they always catch the fun. We had a pretty structured photo session at home while our oldest was home at Christmas... We didn't get pics like this on our camera - nope it took a kid with a camera at the side with no one paying attention to get this one... It is nice to remember on some of my most stressful days that I am married to my best friend, and surrounded by children that love us and each other. It is incredible when  you think of all the bickering that goes on.

Blurry and almost unrecognizable, but I found this little gem after the kids went and explored some of the other rooms at Casa Bonita. Leave it to my kids to find a stage in an empty room and decide to put on a show. This one especially encompasses what I was talking about earlier... he didn't care that this is the worst resolution camera we have, or that it does not work well when it's even a little dark. He took the picture and it is a moment caught that I would have otherwise missed. None of them thought enough of this moment to tell us about this, it was no big deal to them. But as a mamma I will treasure even this totally "bad" picture. Even through the blur you can see the joy, and you can see the personalities of these to sisters. Maggie the tomboy, goofy, willing to play along with the little sis.  Jesse, all girly girl, dresses up for every little thing and refuses to change just because the environment changes. She would climb a mountain in that dress if I let her.



"Take our picture mom, cuz 'I'm looking gooooood'".  No you can't hear it, because it's just a picture, and you were not there.  They were facing the sun so the look on his face doesn't even come through, BUT every time I scan past this one I can hear Jake saying that sentence to me as we hurried into the church because we were running late and I was feeling frustrated at little Emma for taking her shoes off YET AGAIN between point A and point B. His whole attitude and manner when he said it made that all melt away... He was not totally serious, yet not quite joking either. It made me laugh. 

I really would love to have a nice digital camera, but really, the picture quality isn't the most important part (most of the time) and the phone camera is just so convenient to carry. I hope to get one even better than the one I have now, there is a new one out there that will "light" the room, even without a flash - now THAT would be handy and it has more megapixels then the one I have now... BUT all in all that stuff isn't going to really change the snapshots that either create or recall the memories any better.
And no matter how good the camera - I'd still find a way to screw it up. LOL It's not so much the quality of the picture, but the moment frozen in time, the surprises left behind for me to discover, that I really love.

Could I still have most of these memories buried in my brain without the pictures? Of course. But the pictures "speak" to me. They bring a whole dimension to the memories that I would miss.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

If I Could Clone Myself ...


Well I don't think I would, but at least I could do more than one thing at a time. I've not blogged in a while because I had some beading to catch up on. In my day to day life I do many things: homeschool, keep house, you know wife and mother stuff so my "hobbies" have to be the things that get shuffled.  So today I will show you what I have been working on (aside from the daily stuff).


An ever familiar early morning trip to the airport. DIA ever changing, has there ever been a day since they started it that there is not more construction going on? It's kind of a mess right now.


I finished this. A tree of life using birth stones, just like one I did for a customer but this one has two more stones added a gift for her mother. to match her own.


I finished another project for a friend I have only met online. Funny huh? Well it is for me anyway, I remember when people thought you were crazy to think you could "meet" someone online and they could then be called friend. I found this friend due to a common thread, we are both moms of West Point cadets. Her cadet is graduating and getting married and she wanted something special.


 Laying out the components helps me figure out what I'm going to do. I say helps because nothing ever comes easy to me. I start with one design and end up with something different. I started this project several times before hitting on something that "felt" right.


The finished product:  I love using paint chips for jewelry cards. I keep wondering, however, if someday the paint chip police are going to come and arrest me. LOL 


Another something for someone special.


This tree of life is a little different and made for another one of those online friends. She won it in a give away I did a while back. I am hoping she loves it. I really like how it turned out. As our families are ever growing I left some space for hers to grow too. I love these projects.


I spent Monday morning running errands with my daughter. This was our view when we were headed home. Beautiful isn't it. Hard for me to look at now, knowing that at that moment there was a monster of a tornado tearing apart the lives of so many in Oklahoma.  I pray for all of them, the victims, the families and friends, and for all those stepping forward to help them out.  May they all find peace, comfort, and strength and as much of it as they need.


Finishing projects is fulfilling. Finishing several in a short time is best! Getting them in the mail for people who will enjoy them, nothing else like it.  I usually have several I'm working on. I have a few that are going that seem to be dodging my efforts I've been working on some of them for a very long time.  Will they ever be finished? I don't know.  I figure one problem out, and then find another... creativity is like that - at least for me.